Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, Fort Collins

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Soapstone Prairie Natural Area is a 28mi2 park and conservation area located in northeastern Larimer County, Colorado, United States. The City of Fort Collins purchased the land for Soapstone Prairie Natural Area in 2004, which was opened to the public in 2009.
The natural habitat of eastern Colorado was shortgrass prairie. Over the past 150 years much of the land was used for agriculture. Of the 40% of the remaining shortgrass prairie, much of it is "degraded" and fragmented due to neighboring cities, towns and farms.
The Lindenmeier Site, named for the previous Lindenmeier Ranch, is a Folsom archaeological site on the Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. The site contains the most extensive Folsom culture campsite yet found with an uncorrected averaged radiocarbon date of 10,660±60 B.P., or 8,710 B.C. The site was declared a National Historic Landmark on January 20, 1961.
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  • Soapstone Prarie Natural Area is a beautiful place to visit. We went to watch the sunset and see the bison, both of which were amazing. Its also a dark area so we got some great photos of the stars.  more »
  • This was my first time to Soapstone and I will definitely go back. My sister and I hiked the 3 mile Towhee trail and loved it. This mellow route ascends gradually and provides wide open vistas of the....  more »
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  • I adore this place. It's really quiet and almost never run into other hikers/bikers so I can just enjoy the peace. You can see bison sometimes if you look hard enough. It's fairly flat, so not challenging, but the wildlife and views are amazing.
  • Fairly easy trail with a fabulous view st the overlook. I recommend going on a cool day with light wind.

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